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Fremont Avenue

The 50' Fremont Avenue is a modern rendition of a traditional passenger steamer. She was built to caring 48 passengers. Operated by Seattle Ferry Service, this working vessel is frequently active on Lake Union and Lake Washington conducting sight seeing excursions.

The Fremont Avenue is participating in the Lake Union Park Floating market by transporting farmers from Ballard to South Lake Union where their goods will be transfered to the decks of the Virginia V.

The Fremont Avenue was built in Escanaba, Michigan in 1985. After serving a decade and a half on the Mississippi River, she was trucked out to Seattle.

Historical Significance

The Fremont Avenue is included in our affiliate vessel membership. Although not a heritage vessel, the Fremont Avenue is performing a traditional task by transporting farmers to and from the market via water as it was done a century ago. She is also configured in the same fashion as early vessels of her class.

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The Lake Union Park Floating Market will be held on Thursdays from 11-3 PM at the Lake Union Park Wharf. Come down and enjoy this exciting little market with local foods and crafts from around the Puget Sound region. Meet farmers and artisan food producers and enjoy a gourmet lunch. LEARN MORE >>

Come Along with Us!

Why wait to eat at home? Buy a lunch at the market and enjoy a relaxing and nostalgic mini getaway out on the water with terrific views and fresh air. LEARN MORE >>

Puget Sound History

Boats carrying local food products were a common sight on Puget Sound at the turn of the 20th century. Fully stock "store boats" offering all the necessities of the day frequently shared the docks with "mosquito fleet" cargo and passenger steamers. Many island farmers in the early years transported their goods to market by row boats and sailing scows. For over a century, local fishing boats would show up in the afternoons to deliver the days fresh catch of salmon, crab and oysters.

Before many early communities had roads, their only access to civilization was by water. The constant parade of boats on Puget Sound created a perpetual floating market in every port. Even the smallest communities had daily visits.

Perhaps the most unique thing about our floating markets is that they are also floating museums. The vessels that participate in our dockside markets actively recreate the excitement of the past when boats of all sizes brought food from the farm and sea directly to the consumer.

The FarmBoat Floating Market aboard the Virginia V at Lake Union Park is closed due to City of Seattle adverse policies against small businesses. For more information, see "FarmBoat Under Siege."

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